Those of us who were lucky enough to have climb-worthy trees in our yards growing up have fond memories of sitting high above the rest of the world (even if, in reality, it was more like eight feet above the ground) and whiling away the hours, reading a book, daydreaming or just communing with nature in a way only children truly can.
For some, the fun continues. Tree House Point, less than an hour east of Seattle, offers a quartet of lodging options, each its own unique treehouse perched a story or so up in the air — there’s the Trillium (shown above and below), the Upper Pond, the Nest and the Temple of the Blue Moon, plus a gazebo for al fresco birdwatching, yoga, conversation or meditation.
Likewise nestled into the trees of Seattle is a private residence which houses a family of three and could easily also make the purest of transcendentalists smile (presuming it’s made from sustainable materials, that is).
Per Seattle Met, “The Danilchik family lives in a Swiss chalet that hovers between two centenarian Western Red cedars and overlooks a tidal strait near Port Orchard Bay.” According to one of its owners, not surprisingly the adult daughter of a mountaineer, “A lot of people see their home as an escape, but the TV is always going. Here, deer bed beneath the house. The occasional bear walks by. It’s our own little world—but it’s got Wi-Fi.”
Across the pond, a British company called Blue Forest Treehouses offers custom-built miniature homes for private citizens throughout Europe. Per The Daily Green, the company “makes gorgeous treehouses for play, shelter and gardens, using fine woods, traditional water-reed thatch roofs and hand-split shingles.” (Too bad we’re stateside! -Ed.)